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What kind of tires for rough singletrack?(11 posts)

What kind of tires for rough singletrack?D_man
Oct 12, 2003 11:37 AM
I've been riding singletrack using Michelin Sprints. Most of the time they are fine, but I do find myself wanting a little more cush (and traction) at times. I was thinking of experimenting with someting in a 35, or even bigger.

Any suggestions?
re: What kind of tires for rough singletrack?AJS
Oct 12, 2003 6:43 PM
Get something like a Kenda Kross Supreme, Ritchey Excavader, Maxxis Larsen MiMo, Nokian Ravagozzi Cross, or IRC Cross Country. All can be had in 35c.

OR - you can work on improving your riding skills! ;)
re: What kind of tires for rough singletrack?richpierce
Oct 12, 2003 9:19 PM
Tioga Bloodhounds are great for this. Think mine are 38.

You can also get some incredibly heavy, impossible to destroy 700 x35 "Chen Shin" tires at department stores sometimes for about $11.00 each. Traction is iffy sometimes, they are bad in corners, and hard to accelerate. They suck but don't flat.
re: What kind of tires for rough singletrack?AJS
Oct 13, 2003 3:32 AM
richpierce -

Since you're not too worried about handling or weight, why not just get some 24" wheels and throw on some DH meats?!

re: good idea but my cantis don't work on rubberrichpierce
Oct 13, 2003 8:50 AM
I still have not got the right material for brakepads figured out when the pads are way up on the sidewalls. Cork, maybe?
Oh, they'll work just fine.TWD
Oct 13, 2003 9:31 AM
Once your brake pads chew through the sidewalls, you will come to a stop in a big hurry (probably using your feet). And you will remaine stopped for quite some time most likely until you hike back home or to your car. Just think of it as "extended" braking ;-)
Ignore the smart-assesGlowBoy
Oct 13, 2003 7:30 AM
Nothing wrong with running a little more cush. Kross Supreme is a biggie, though heavy and squirmy on hardpack. Also look at the Ritchey Mt. Cross 700x38 if you've got the room for it - plenty cushy and at about 450g it's pretty light for its size.
I like the Ritchey Mt Cross also (nm)TWD
Oct 13, 2003 7:55 AM
A third on the ritchey' jimbo
Oct 13, 2003 8:02 AM
I used them to complete the Ouachita Challenge, the Bump n' Grind mtb race and 60 miles of the Shenandoah 100. They did great in all kinds of conditions.

Jim S.
Kenda Kross supremeMandrake
Oct 14, 2003 10:32 AM
I'm running these and they seem plenty cushy, great traction. Not too expensive.
just don't use Tufosatpjunkie
Oct 17, 2003 12:24 AM
I rode over a stick, breaking the stick and it then cut through my sidewall. an expensive learning experience. save the tufos for race day